CELEBRATING NATIONAL DAYS WITH THE FAMILY
Every day of the year has a new and wonderful way for you to bond with your little family.
Here are the national days for August that you may not know exist.
Marilyn Dalrymple created Respect for Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st. In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,”Respect for Parents Day” was born.
This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society.
Let your children know all that you do for them/ Not only because you are their parent but because you love them and want them to do well in life.
National Coloring Book Day is celebrated on August 2.
Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the past few years, adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. I know I have many adult coloring books for relaxing and anxiety relief.
Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.
Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.
Dover now publishes Creative Haven, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.
Find a coloring party near you or participate online.
Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself.
Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life.
National Watermelon Day is enjoyed by many especially on August 3rd, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics, barbecues, and fairs.
Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing. It is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white.
Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.
The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds.
To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is observed annually on August 4.
This is a day to enjoy those tasty bits of chocolate in your favorite cookies.
For the same reason we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.
If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.
Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!
Requiring less equipment than traditional golf, disc golf shares the common goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes, or to put it more accurately, throws.
Disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or frisbee. Starting from a tee pad, which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick, the player progresses down the fairway after each throw.
From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.
Disc golf has been played since the late 1960s and became a formalized sport in the 1970s.
In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, trees and posts were replaced with metal baskets with chains, with the chains helping to catch the discs. Those metal baskets, originally called a “Disc Golf Pole Hole”, are now the modern day targets with dozens of design variations being used with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.
Disc golf is convenient and inexpensive as well. Adding a couple of discs in the mix when packing for vacation adds very little weight to camping gear or luggage. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public, requiring no fees, membership, or tee times.
As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time.
In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.
People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. A great low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination, this activity brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day.
With courses in all 50 states, it should be easy to find a disc golf course near you and play a round with your family.
The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area.
Each year on August 6, people around the country participate in National Wiggle Your Toes Day.
By going barefoot, wearing sandals or flip-flops, show off your toes. Be sure to give them some fresh air and exercise on National Wiggle Your Toes Day!
Today, let your toes feel the grass, the sand on the beach, the water in the pool or the pebbles along the shore. Encourage the kids to wiggle their little toes to some music!
Observed annually on August 7, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea.
At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.
A lighthouse is described as a tower, building or any other type of structure that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
- Mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors.
- Assist in aerial navigation.
- Have declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems.
- Has a source of light called a “lamp” (may be electric or oil fueled).
- Were originally lit by open fire and then candles.
- Differ depending on the location and purpose but have standard components.
- Has a lantern room which is a glassed-in housing at the top of a lighthouse tower.
- Has a Watch Room or Service Room beneath the lantern room.
- Has an open gallery outside the Watch Room or Lantern Room.
- Development accelerated in the 17th century with Britain’s Trinity House constructing its first in 1609.
- Earliest in North America was in St. Augustine, Florida. Printed on a 1791 map, it had been built by Menendez after his landing in 1586.
- America’s next lighthouse was Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in 1716.
- The oldest existing lighthouse in the United States is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Built in 1764, this lighthouse is still in operation.
- At the end of the 19th century, the United States had the most lighthouses of any nation.
- The 9th Act of the first Congress created the US Bureau of Lighthouses in 1789, which placed lighthouses under federal control.
- The United States Coast Guard took over on July 7, 1939.
- Visiting and photographing lighthouses has become a popular hobby as well as collecting ceramic replicas.
Take a nice road trip with your family to visit a historical lighthouse. (If you are in the area I highly recommend the Cape May Lighthouse).
National Happiness Happens Day is observed each year on August 8.
So on this day… just let it happen. You know. Happiness.
Happiness is encouraged all day. Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure. Don’t let it pass.
A flicker of a giggle should be given its due and should it blossom into full blown happiness, don’t be surprised. It happens!
The Secret Society of Happy People is an organization that was founded in August of 1998 and formed to celebrate the expression of happiness.
The society encourages members to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life. They have two motto’s which include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade.” Their purpose is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness.
Founded in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People as “Admit You’re Happy Day”, Happiness Happens Day was created to recognize and express happiness. August 8 was chosen as it is the anniversary of the first membership in 1998.
Observed each year on August 9, avid readers get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!
A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.
Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.
Some History about books:
- The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
- The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
- The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
- Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
- Books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf or a desk to prevent theft.
Book manufacturing’s recent development included digital printing.
Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink. Digital printing opens up the possibility of print-on-demand, where no books are printed until after an order is received from a customer.
E-books are rapidly increasing in popularity. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form. They are usually available through the internet. However, can also be found on CD-ROM and other forms. E-books are read either by computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.
Grab some books with the kids and enjoy a nice time reading together. Let the books take you to far off places in your minds.
It is National Lazy Day, so we choose to be lazy rather than tell you that this holiday is observed each year on August 10th.
Just sit back, relax with a glass of lemonade and enjoy being with your family on this lazy day.
Each year on August 11, parents across the United States participate in National Son’s and Daughter’s Day.
On this day, spend time with the joys of your life.
Let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life.
Share family stories, listen to the events of their day, their hopes, and dreams.
Enjoy every day you have with them and spend as much quality time as you can.
Do something special for your children today.
If they are at home, go for a walk or enjoy a local park.
If your children are grown, give them a call and remind them how special they are to you.
Saturdays and Summertime are the perfect combinations for garage sales.
That is why the second Saturday in August is designated National Garage Sale Day.
On this day, you will see people finding great deals at these neighborhood sales.
For those having the sales, this is a way for them to find new homes for items they no longer need.
If you see a driveway full of items and a sale sign out, stop by and celebrate National Garage Sale Day.
Daniel Rhodes of Alabama came up with the idea of having a National Garage Sale Day in 2001 after seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends.
Rhodes thought it would be more convenient if they all had them on the same weekend.
Left-Hander’s Day is observed annually on August 13th.
In a right-handed dominated world, August 13th is the day that left-handed individuals can claim as their own.
Approximately 10% of the population is a Southpaw. Scientists haven’t discovered why a person is left-handed, but it more probable that you will have a left-handed child if one of the parents is left-handed.
Make a game with the kids, If you’re all right-handed, try doing everything with your left hand and see who can complete certain tasks.
National Creamsicle Day is observed annually on August 14.
This is a day to enjoy this refreshing summertime orange and vanilla treat.
“Creamsicle” is a brand name of an ice cream treat consisting of vanilla ice cream on a Popsicle stick coated with an exterior of flavored ice with the original flavor being orange.
Enjoyed the whole year round, the Creamsicle now comes in many flavors.
Here are a few Creamsicle recipes for you to make and enjoy with the kids!
Three Ingredient Low-Fat Creamsicle Cake
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.
It is time to slow down, unwind and relax!
National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live.
Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run down, and tired which can lead to more stress.
It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.
Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and reduce stress will improve overall health.
What is your favorite relaxation activity?
Here are some relaxing activities:
- Reading a book
- A picnic in the park
- Walking along the beach
- Taking a drive in the country
- A movie
- Window shopping
- Lunch with the family
- Watching sports
These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.
We are aware that not everyone is able to get this holiday off from work, so while you are at your job, do what you can to avoid stress and try not to work late today.
When you get off of work, take a deep breath, unwind, relax and begin your National Relaxation Day celebration!
What would be better than a day filled with laughter?
National Tell a Joke Day is observed annually on August 16th, and that’s no joke!
This day should be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night as everyone shares their favorite jokes. The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.
Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.
A joke is described as something that is spoken, written or done with humorous intention. They can come in many forms.
On National Tell a Joke Day, try a one-liner or a knock-knock joke if you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act that can be involved in the short story versions.
Some simply rely on gestures to express humor. With humor, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat.
Be sure to know the audience. Clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.
In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals) into the brain.
Tell a joke, listen to a joke, get a joke book and get the kids to take turns reading a few… laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy!
National I LOVE My Feet Day! is observed annually on August 17.
This is a day to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to practice good foot care and pamper our feet.
Our feet are our primary mode of transportation. They quietly and faithfully help us stand, swim, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip and dance.
They take us to school and work. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.
Taking care of our feet is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes.
Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation.
A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.
75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting a podiatrist can help.
A good way to celebrate today would be going out and buying your children’s new school shoes. Let them pick out their favorite, most comfortable pair for the coming school year.
On August 18, we recognize a dish sizzling with savory Tex-Mex flavor.
It’s National Fajita Day!
Originally made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican cowboys/cattle drivers in Southwest Texas, the fajita was developed as a regional staple in the early 1930s.
These cowboys cooked the steak over an open fire or grill and served it with flour or corn tortillas. Fresh Pico de gallo (also called salsa fresca, made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice), guacamole and southwestern spices elevated the fajita, introducing it to new audiences as it later became a destination food in the culinary world.
As their popularity grew, fajitas added colorful flair to Tex-Mex menus with sizzling platters full of bright peppers, onions, tender steak, shrimp, chicken or pork with freshly made tortillas.
By the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the United States served fajitas. In the modern culinary kitchen, lime, cilantro and many vegetables find their way into a fajita along with the perfect seasonings.
Grilling with mesquite adds a smoky flavor and bacon adds crunch. Of course, who could forget the cheese?
With their festive presentations, they continue to be enjoyed today. The fajita has come a long way from skirt steak trimmings!
This year National Fajita Day falls on a Friday so take the family out to your favorite Mexican restaurant for fajitas and start the weekend off right!
National Soft Ice Cream Day is observed annually on August 19th.
Soft service ice cream is the result of air being introduced to the dairy product during the freezing process.
In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend, Tom Carvel had a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York. After pulling into a parking lot, he began selling the softened ice cream to vacationers driving by.
With amazement, seeing the love that people had for soft ice cream, he concluded that a fixed location selling the new-found dessert was potentially a good business idea.
In 1936, Carvel opened his first store on the original broken down truck site, selling his secret formula soft serve ice cream dispensed from his patented super low-temperature ice cream machines.
If an ice cream truck frequents your street make sure to get some for yourself and the kids. If not, take a ride after dinner to an ice cream shoppe to get some soft serve goodness.
Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio.
In the late 19th century, it became clear that wireless communication was possible.
There were several inventors who had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s and not just one person can be credited with its beginning. To make the radio a reality, it required a number of different inventions and discoveries including both transmission and reception methods as well as technology.
It was in the 1920s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs.
These first programs were those of news and world events.
- Radio ownership grew from two out of five homes in 1931 to four out of five homes in 1938.
- According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, there were more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations in the U.S.
To celebrate National Radio Day, listen to your favorite radio stations and let the kids dance around and sing along.
Each year on August 21, there are various events and activities held across the United States in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day.
This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements.
Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live.
“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity”
~ President Ronald Reagan – August 19, 1988 Proclamation 5847
To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know that they are appreciated and loved.
It may also be a good day for you and your children to volunteer at a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today. Teach them that being nice to others is not just for those people but to help us be happy knowing we are the reason those people are smiling and having a good time.
National Tooth Fairy Day observed on August 22.
This childhood favorite evolved with a group of healthcare fairies during the mid-1920s.
From bath fairies to Fairy Wand Tooth Whitener, kids were encouraged through a wave of advertisements and health classes to eat their veggies, brush their teeth and get fresh air.
Esther Watkins Arnold brought the tooth fairy to life in an eight-page play-let in 1927 called The Tooth Fairy.
At the same time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his claim that fairies and gnomes were real by publishing pictures of two girls surrounded by “verified” fairies.
Schools began performing Arnold’s play the following year, and children, primed with vivid imaginations, placed their freshly lost teeth under their pillows at night in the hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy.
Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23 as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.
National Ride The Wind Day commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize.
It was on August 23rd of 1977 that the Gossamer Condor 2, flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society, at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.
The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.
The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
We all know that cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and get outside as much as possible. Test out those human-powered aircraft and make some history. summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered. In the event you lack a human-powered aircraft, flying a kite is always a good back plan.
The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.
In honor of this anniversary, National Waffle Day is observed each year on August 24th.
Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.
Waffles come in many forms. Depending on the type of batter or iron used, the resulting waffle vary by consistency, size, shape and flavor.
Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century.
An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife.
According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began:
Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine.
Toss in some flour, and mix.
Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large.
Then close the iron and cook both sides.
If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.
- 1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.
- 1953– Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
- 1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.
Following are a few waffle recipes for you to make and share with your family and friends!
True Belgian Waffles
Classic Buttermilk Waffles
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Banana Oatmeal Buttermilk Waffles
Best Chocolate Chip Waffles
National Banana Split Day is observed annually on August 25th!
Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between.
The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping.
Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream.
Crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.
Today, there are many variations to the classic banana split.
A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.
David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. His first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes.
In Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August.
In 2013, an official marker was placed at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split.
The United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp depicting the banana split.
It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.
For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.
Each summer on the 26th of August, Popsicle lovers across the United States enjoy National Cherry Popsicle Day.
One evening in 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed a batch of soda on his porch and left it with the stirring stick still in it for the night. It hit record low temps that night and he awoke to find….
To learn more and to get some tasty Popsicle recipes see my post “Popsicles… Where did they come from?”
Each year on August 27th it is National Just Because Day.
Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose. Just because!
Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us or because we have to.
Well, on National Just Because Day, that does not apply.
This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.
It could be that there is an outfit at the mall that you are admiring; buy it…just because.
Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go fishing; do it…just because.
Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it…just because.
Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…just because.
Surprise someone with flowers…just because!
Make something up…just because!
Or maybe, just maybe, do something just because Mom said so.
National Cherry Turnovers Day is observed annually on August 28th.
Cherry turnovers are a sweet pastry made by placing a cherry filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it then either baking it or frying it.
FUN CHERRY FACTS:
- Related to plums, peaches, and nectarines, cherries are drupes or stone fruits.
- Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600s by the English colonists.
- There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
- There are an average of 44 cherries in one pound.
More National Cherry Holidays:
- January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
- April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
- May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
- September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.
Try these recipes with your kids today!
Tasty Cherry Turnovers
Easy Cherry Turnovers
National Chop Suey Day is recognized each year on August 29.
Chop suey, which means “assorted pieces,” is a dish in American Chinese cuisine consisting of meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns or pork) and eggs that are cooked quickly with vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery) and bound in a starch-thickened sauce. Rice typically accompanies this delicious dish.
It is believed, by some, that chop suey was invented in America by Chinese Americans.
However, anthropologist E.N. Anderson concludes that it is based on tsap seui (miscellaneous leftovers) which is common in Taishan, a district of Guangdong Province.
Taishan is the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States.
Another account claims that chop suey was invented by Chinese American cooks that were working on the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.
A tale is told of chop suey’s creation stemming from the Qing Dynasty Premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States in 1896. According to the story, his chef wanted to create a meal that was suitable for both the Chinese and the American palates.
It has also been told that Li wandered to a local Chinese restaurant after the hotel kitchen closed, where the chef, embarrassed that he had nothing ready to offer, came up with the new “chop suey” dish using scraps of leftovers.
Another myth tells of an 1860s Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco that was forced to serve something to the drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. The miners loved the dish, asked him what it was called to which he replied, “Chopped Sui.”
Traveling to the United States in 1903, Liang Oichao, a Guangdong native, wrote that there existed a food item called chop suey which was popularly served by Chinese restaurateurs, but which local Chinese people did not eat.
Whatever is the true origin the fact is that it is very tasty. Take your family out for a nice Chinese dinner to celebrate Chop Suey Day.
On August 30 be sure to stock up on one of America’s favorite fire roasted treats. It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.
Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.
One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and graham crackers in a S’more.
Upon personal preference, marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.
The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow.
Marshmallows now come in a variety of flavors as well as sizes for maximum toasting opportunities.
National Toasted Marshmallow Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
Get the kids together and char some marshmallows together.
Observed annually on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.
Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.
One claim to the invention is held by two California surfers, who in 1968 blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.
However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums written by Jack Kerouac, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.
Plan a short hiking trip with your family and pack a few bags of tasty trail mix to snack on along the way.
You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients.
Many varieties of trail mix are available at your favorite grocery or convenience store.
I hope you have enjoyed the August Edition of Celebrating National Days with the Family.
If you found any fun things to do with your family from this list please let me know in the comments.
I hope everyone has a happy safe end of the summer. 🙂